Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mayor Reed will Deliver ETLS Welcome

Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association in partnership with Latina Style Business Series is honored to announce that Atlanta's Mayor Kasim Reed will deliver keynote remarks at its 6th Annual Emerging Technology Leadership Summit Luncheon, to be held at the Georgia Tech Research Center in Atlanta Georgia, on Thursday, May 24th 2012. Starting at 7:30 AM with Luncheon at 12:00 Noon and Reed's remarks beginning at 1:15 p.m.

Reed's presence starts off a diverse conversation with a distinguished roster of speakers and presenters that includes diversity and inclusion leaders, captains of industry, Hispanic technology thought leaders and opinion makers. The two-day summit will gather over 300 human resources, diversity and inclusion, tech professionals government officials and business men and women from across the nation who seek answers to the growing question: Where are all the tech jobs at Fortune 500 corporations?

“As an organization dedicated to increasing Hispanic representation in the information sciences, technology and engineering industries, you empower our future generation of leaders to achieve and exceed their professional goals,” said Mayor Reed, “Your commitment to increasing leadership, diversity, education and support for Hispanics in technology is truly admirable.”

Mayor Kasim Reed is a native son of Atlanta’s Southside, Reed came from a family of four boys, all seeking different career paths  and possessing different talents. But his father always wanted one of his sons to pursue law as a career and lead the city as mayor, and Reed was able to realize that dream. The 59th Mayor of Atlanta, Reed previously represented the 35th District of the Georgia. A member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002.  After serving as campaign manager for Shirley Franklin's successful 2001 Atlanta Mayoral campaign, he decided to run for the position in 2009. He was one of two candidates to advance and on December 1, 2009 he won the election and was officially inaugurated as Mayor of Atlanta on January 4, 2010.

Rest assured, Mayor Reed's wants for Atlanta continues to grow even through tough times and for that he was recognized by The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC, who presented him with its highest honor, the Louis E. Martin Great American Award, for his innovative and effective leadership in guiding his city through difficult economic challenges in the wake of the recent recession.

Mayor Reed is a forceful, forward-looking leader. "His record of success, his efforts to bring everyone in his community together to solve problems, his innovative spirit in finding solutions that work, and his determination to ensure that no one is left behind - these are the qualities that make Mayor Reed one of the most compelling leaders of his generation," said Joint Center President, Ralph B. Everett.

"LISTA president welcomes Mayor Reed's participation: In Atlanta there are few leaders with his vision for our community, he sees a diverse community working hand in hand for the future of Atlanta, of Georgia and of the United States," said Jose Marquez -Leon, CEO of Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association. "I am sure all of our attendees will benefit from his incisive thoughts and global perspectives, he has become undeniably a leader in the country, a mayors mayor and a great example to our next generation."

Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award

“I am honored and thrilled to give Rev. Dr Joseph Lowery LISTA’s Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Jose A. Marquez-Leon. “It is through the efforts of Dr. King and Joseph Lowery we are all able to do what we do today. However in a time where Latino civil rights are under attack, we can learn much from Rev. Lowery about standing up for what you believe in, regardless of the consequences.”

The Montgomery bus boycott, the Birmingham street protests, the historic “I have a dream” rally in Washington, D.C., the Selma march for voter rights, the Memphis sanitation workers strike, the first civil disobedience action against apartheid outside the South African embassy—Joseph Lowery was always there, a nonviolent warrior for equality and justice, a leader willing to go to jail for his beliefs.

Together with the Rev. Ralph Abernathy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lowery founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and 51 years later, he was given the honor of offering the benediction at the inauguration of America’s first Black president. In his blessing, he implored God to help Americans make choices “on the side of love, not hate, on the side of inclusion not exclusion.”
Now retired from the pulpit, the civil rights activist served for years as the pastor of the Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta. He still lives in Atlanta, and he is still a force to be reckoned with as he advocates for better health care, housing and education for the poor.

It is fitting that LISTA honors Joseph Lowery at its 12th Annual Techlatino Achievers Awards dinner. Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association represents Hispanic technology professionals from all across the country and since 2001 has honored fortune 500 tech professionals who happen to be Latinos.

LISTA (www.a-lista.org) promotes the utilization of the technology sectors for the empowerment of the Latino community. LISTA is committed to bringing various elements of technology under one central hub to facilitate our partners, members and the community with the leverage and education they need to succeed in a highly advanced technologically driven society. LISTA’s Mission is to educate, motivate and encourage the use of technology in the Latino community and empowering them to bridge the digital divide. Our premiere network spans over 15 Chapters, 4700 members and 75,000 subscribers. LISTA’s focus is to develop the next generation of Latino technology leaders, grow strong technology businesses and leadership teams and role models in a rapidly changing socioeconomic IT industry.

What: LISTA 6th Annual Emerging Technology Leadership Summit and National Latino TechLatino Achievers Award

Where: Georgia Tech Research Center, 250 14th Street, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30318
In the Evening the Welcome Reception and Gala Magnificent Melia
Atlanta Hotel 590 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30308

When: May 23rd and 24th 2011 for information visit www.techlatino247.org

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